The Writing Writer

New story up today: How To Drown The Sound Of Crying. As always, pushing and shoving of said story on your networks would be much appreciated. Cream Eggs available for those who act above and beyond the call of duty. 

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I see an independent book signing kind of thing about to happen. I think I would like to do it with Black Dye White Noise simply because there's a lot to talk about but it will also be a good exercise for things to come.

What I would really like to do is a signing for The Family Of Noise because as I'm coming into my final ten day stretch of writing it, I can see how the story will finally snap together and I'm really fucking pleased with it - pardon my French. It hasn't always been that way and I still have some doubtful days - a week or so ago, I threw away about 20,000 words on it and rewrote an entire section.

Anyway, for this reading, I might make up some limited edition chap-books (this is a good article on them as is this) that feature some never before seen or published Dirty Realism stories and just give them away - because I can. You can read forever about how to do things properly, but as usual, you actually have to get off your butt and see what works for you. If you play it by the book (so to speak) and don't enjoy it, what's the point?

I think I've got the measure of what would work for me at a book signing. To go in thinking that you will sell some books and make some money should be the last thing on your mind. In fact, you should expect to sell no books at all and then you won't be a) disappointed b) distracted c) demoralised. The whole point of doing a 'book signing' is to connect with a potential audience who may enjoy your company and go out into the world and talk about you with others. So I guess that's one of the things to discuss - whether to actually call it a 'book signing' or not. Perhaps a 'book talk' would be better. 

I'll know more later this week. Hopefully I will get to design some posters or flyers for it and get to act like I'm 25 again. I miss those guerrilla days of taking your stuff to the streets.

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